The Spring Creek mine is part of a massive coal mining complex in the Powder River Basin, the largest coal producing region in the United States. Its owner, Cloud Peak Energy, has been touting exports from the Spring Creek mine as a lifeline for its operations.
The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management is weighing whether to sell more publicly owned coal to Cloud Peak to expand the Spring Creek mine. We’ve weighed in, arguing that selling any more coal to Cloud Peak would be illegal.
In the meantime, check out our interactive photo map of the Spring Creek mine and learn more about what’s at stake for our public lands and our climate.